My Favourite 20 Recipes

26 Aug

Since I’ve achieved the milestone of 500 postings and also my three years of blogging anniversary I thought I would have a review of my recipes and pick my favourite 10 food recipes.  This proved to be near impossible so finally got it down to 20 which took me a while too!  What I also liked is the memory that each recipe evoked.  Where I was living and what I was doing at the time.  We have moved around so much in the last three years, that each recipe is a time capsule for me.  I having the nagging feeling that I have missed something out too!  Especially the raw Key Lime Dish as that was delicious!  Ooooh, and cauliflower wraps..!

I now need to get the Chief Taster to pick his favourite recipes.  I am curious to how they vary, especially since he eats meat and I do not!  He’s not allowed to look at my list though, until he has given me his. (A task for him this weekend I think!).  It’s made me want to spend a weekend cooking some of the others not on the list though, just to revisit them..and there are photos on some that definitely need revisiting! Must improve this!

Would love to know what your favourite recipes are too! Drop me a line!

I want to know more Diva…

Grilled Vegetable and Goats Cheese Terrine

18 Aug
Colourful layers of vegetables

Colourful layers of vegetables

 

This is now my 500th post!  I cannot believe how many recipes have been tried, tested and posted in my three years of blogging.   I put the question out on Facebook as to what should I do for my 500th post and a reader asked for a grilled starter.  So, here it is and thank you, Tawnya for the challenge!  I loved the range of colours in this and the taste was lovely.  The Chief Taster was initially hesitant with me serving this cold but enjoyed it with relish and declared that the flavours “were balanced”.  He had seconds.

Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Blackberry, Lemon and Sour Cream Pound Cake (Coconut Flour)

14 Aug
Moist and delicious

Moist and delicious

I had some blackberries and sour cream left over in the fridge and thought that I could either (a) Eat them together in a bowl (b) Make a cake.   The Chief Taster’s choice won, so I decided that I would try a pound cake out of coconut flour and added some lemon to give the cake a bit more flavour.  It was delicious, moist and tasty.  You do not need a large piece (well, perhaps, depending upon how hungry you are!) as it is very filling.

Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Chicken with Lemon, Cumin and Mint Kebabs

7 Aug
Tasty Chicken

Tasty Chicken

I found this recipe on Epicurious and was intrigued by the unusual flavour combinations, but from my time in the Middle East, could see how this would work as these flavours are used in this region.  I changed the amount of oil and used a different chicken cut to the original recipe as the Chief Taster is a fussy man.   I grilled the chicken but this would be great on the bbq too.   This is also very easy to do and would make a great quick supper dish when you really can’t be bothered to cook but want something tasty.

Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Roasted Tomato Salad

4 Aug
Bright and vibrant!

Bright and vibrant!

 

Roasting tomatoes helps to concentrate their flavour, whilst the addition of balasmic vinegar enhances their sweetness.  Select the ripest and fresh tomatoes you can find.   This is a great salad dish served with some gluten free bread to mop up the juices, or as a side dish.     You could also puree this dish to use as a sauce over chicken, fish or veggies.  Or add some stock and call it a soup…be creative and get roasting!

Yummy, tell me more Diva!

Broad Bean Pate

26 Jul

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I love broad beans and this is a lovely, fresh tasting pate.  Broad beans are also know as fava beans which are often found in Middle Eastern dishes.  I like the green colour of this and food should be pretty to the eye, as well as delicious to the tongue.   There are many versions of broad bean hummus, but I found this one on http://kelliesfoodtoglow.com/ which used Zatar, a spice that is often used in the Middle East.  I moan about not getting a decent Zatar outside of the Middle East and have to settle for supermarket varieties – bah!   I used to have a jar in my kitchen from a Lebanese friend’s mother…best Zatar so far.   The search will always continue though!  Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Picnic Bread with Artichokes, Feta, Lemon and Parsley (Gluten Free)

21 Jul

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Although I have called this a picnic bread, it does not mean it can only be consumed at a picnic!  It would also have a welcome place at a bbq.  Or lunch. It’s a lovely summery bread made with my favourite gluten free bread recipe.  I actually prefer this dish cold as the flavours develop and you are left with a tasty bread.

Yummy, tell me more Diva…

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